Today I’m hosting something different – an excerpt from a non fiction book for kids: “Why is the sky blue?” If you ever wondered why the sky is blue, then check out this snippet!
One Saturday afternoon, Ayaan, Rayan, and Mum decide to go to the beach. Rayan picks up his drawing bag – he wants to draw a picture of the beach – and Ayaan takes his bag of beach toys to build a sandcastle.
It’s a nice summer day to walk to the beach, which is only ten minutes’ walk from their house. As they approach the beach, they see many kids playing. Some are busy flying kites, some are playing with their Frisbees, and others are running around playing tag.
It is nice to be at the beach. The breeze feels good on their faces. They are delighted at the sight of the smiling faces all around them and the sounds of birds, the sea, and children playing. The boys find an available spot close to the sea and take out their buckets and spades: they are going to build sandcastles! While Ayaan and Rayan play by themselves, Mum sits down nearby to read a book.
After a while, Ayaan turns towards his mother and asks, “Mum, why is the sky blue?”
Why is the sky blue?
Author: Shabana Muhajir
Genre: Non-Fiction, Kids
While playing at the beach, two boys begin to wonder why the sky is blue and ask their mother to explain the reason to them. As they are very young, their mother needs to decide how best to explain to her boys. She discusses the phenomenon of the blue sky in a manner that even her six year old can understand. While addressing their initial query, the boys come up with several other related questions, and the mother answers them all with simple facts and drawings. To make it easier and more interesting, she performs a fun experiment with her boys, which shows them why the sky is blue at sunrise and red/orange at sunset.
The book is a must have for all those curious kids who are trying to make sense of the world around them, and for all those parents who want to satisfy their curiosity.
She has a Master’s degree in Education from Newfoundland and a Master’s in Business Administration from Windsor, Canada.
She worked for a telecommunication company in Canada and Singapore for thirteen years as a marketing and business development professional. She’s currently working as a Director at a consulting/publishing firm, and serving as the Vice President/room parent co-ordinator of the PTA at her sons’ school.
She loves to read both fiction and non-fiction books. Her kids are also avid readers and love performing experiments and finding out how things work. She conducts weekly experiments with them based on their interest and level of understanding.
It was her boys’ curiosity and endless questions that led her to write her first book, Why is the Sky Blue?
She plans to write a series of non-fiction books on thought-provoking and interesting topics for children.